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Disney deals with Dish Network to offer TV programs over the Internet

NEW YORK--U.S. media giant Disney has made a deal with satellite operator Dish Network to allow its channels to be watched over the Internet — streamed to smartphones, tablets, computers, or a traditional TV.

As with any contract between a media group and a cable or satellite company, the deal announced Monday sets conditions for distributing Disney channels — which include ABC, Disney Channel and ESPN — through a subscription to the Dish network.

But it also opens a possibility for Dish “to deliver new services in the future,” aimed at consumers with an Internet subscription but not a television one, the statement said.

It authorizes Dish to make available shows from Disney's channels live and on demand over the Internet.

We “planned for the evolution of our industry,” said Anne Sweeny, co-chairman of the Disney network, in the statement.

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